Tips for Modernizing Your New Home

Tips for Modernizing Your New Home

The home buying process is long and exciting but finally closing on a new home is always a reason to celebrate! If your new home happens to be an “old house,” the move-in process might make you realize your home needs more “TLC” than you expected. It can be easy to underestimate just how much maintenance work an older home needs during open houses. Don’t be overwhelmed! This is a totally normal experience for people who have just purchased an older house.

Lucky for you, there are so many things you can do to upgrade the look and feel of your new home. Renovating your home may sometimes, but it is important to love your home inside and out. These are our top tips for modernizing your fixer-upper:


Homeowners often underestimate how much lighting can affect the ambiance of their homes. Switching out old bulbs is a quick, low-maintenance way to give your older home a more modern look. If switching out the bulbs doesn’t cut it, we suggest replacing old light fixtures and ceiling fans with ones that fit your desired aesthetic. While this is a small detail, it really makes all the difference in personalizing your home.


The outside of your home is just as important as the inside! Buying an older home can often mean that the landscaping needs some work in order to boost your home’s curb appeal. Cut down any overgrown greenery and maintain trimmed grass, an unkempt lawn ages your home. Maintain your lawn and add some flowers for an inviting pop of color. Proper lawn upkeep helps elevate the overall appearance of your home.


One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home is by repainting! Painting is a quick way to transform your space and make it your own. Whether you decide to do a DIY project or hire professional painters, painting is a great way to transform your space. With so many colors and finishes, the possibilities are endless! You’ll be surprised how a bright new color can bring your walls from drab to fab.

Refinish Flooring/ Replace Carpeting

Switching up your flooring is one of the first things we suggest new homeowners do before unloading the moving boxes! If your home has hardwood flooring, we suggest refinishing them before starting the move-in process to bring new life to your new space. You’ll be amazed at how shiny new floors are able to transform a room! Alternatively, if your home has carpeting, we suggest assessing its condition before moving in. If it is fairly new, it might only need professional cleaning to elevate the look and feel of your home. However, if the carpet is not in good condition upon inspection, we suggest ripping it out and having a new one installed or considering hardwood options.

Knobs/ Light Switches

While small in detail, switching out old knobs and light switches allows homeowners to create a cohesive aesthetic in their homes. Old knobs and light switches can really show the true age of your new home. Upgrading knobs and light switches are a finishing touch that can tie the decor of your new home together. Painting your knobs and light switches is a fantastic alternative to completely switching them out if you would rather keep them.

Faucets/ Shower Heads

Changing out your faucets & shower heads will provide function and style to your home. Replacing these fixtures will greatly improve the water pressure in your kitchen and bathroom as well as reduce the amount of water used in your home. Similar to switching out the knobs in your home, replacing the faucets and showerheads is a nice finishing touch that makes your home more cohesive.


For help with buying or selling a home in Oradell, choose the Bergen Realty Team. We are the number one group of real estate professionals in the area.

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